Still, many tens of thousands of Apple customers stand in line for hours and days to buy the latest gadget, right? How about drool worthy? As in, ‘salivate over?‘ That described Apple’s new Mac Pro a year ago, and this year there’s yet another drool worthy Mac.
Seeing Is Not Believing
Apple just introduced a new– and more expensive– iMac, this one with the much coveted 5k Retina display. It’s cleverly named the iMac with Retina 5K Display.
This latest Mac is mostly screen, but it’s the screen that sets it apart from any all-in-one PC you’ll find. The Retina display has just over 5,000 pixels horizontal (hence, 5K).
The 2,880 pixels vertical resolution means the screen has an eye popping 14,745,600 pixels, nearly double the 4K TV screens just hitting the market, and over seven times the screen real-estate as an HD TV display.
Other than being drool worthy to those who care about massive screen real-estate and pixel perfect screens, what’s that mean? It means that the Mac Pro has a low-end competitor. No, not in sheer horsepower (it’s tough to top a bunch of Intel Xeon CPUs), but in desirability.
This is the iMac model that bristles with armament; designed to chew through photos and videos and effects like scrolling through warm butter (Steve Jobs said something to that effect once; so I don’t take credit for the clever word play).
Here’s a quick look at the onboard weapons in the base model.
In addition to the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability, this iMac features a 1TB fusion drive (hard disk plus SSD), 8GB RAM, 3.5Ghz Core i5 CPU, 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPU, FaceTime HD, SDXC Card slot (oddly placed on the back of the display), four USB 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. All that starts at $2,499, about the same price as the original Mac back in 1984.
Get this. No FireWire. Not 800 or 400. None. Nada. Zilch.
Fully tricked out, this drool worthy beast can top $4,000 with a 4.4Ghz i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD and the more powerful AMD Radeon R9 M295X. Save your nickels and dimes, boys and girls, the screen on this iMac is a wonder-beast.